Homophones

I can see the sea from my window.

From Greek homóphõnos (homo same – phõné sound)

Examples:

band (/band/) – My daughter plays bass guitar in a band.

banned – He’s been banned from driving for a year.

blue (/bluː/) – My favourite colour is blue.

blew – The wind blew my shed down.

coarse (/kɔːs/) – My dog has very thick, coarse fur.

course – Your English course starts in September.

flour (/ˈflaʊə/) – You can make pizza dough by mixing flour, yeast, olive oil, salt, and water.

flower – My grandmother’s favourite flower is the rose.

genes (/dʒiːn/) – You have thousands of different genes in every cell in your body.

jeans – I’m wearing my favourite jeans today.

heal (/hiːl/) – It’s only a small cut and it will heal quickly.

heel – My new boots have made a blister on my heel.

he’ll – He’ll meet you in the car park at 7 o’clock.

know (/nəʊ/) – I don’t know your name.

no – No thank you.

meat (/miːt/) – I don’t eat meat.

meet – We’ll meet you after work.

morning (/ˈmɔːnɪŋ/) – Good morning!

mourning – She is in mourning because her husband died last week.

sale (/seɪl/) – My neighbour’s house is for sale.

sail – Their yacht has a yellow sail.

sauce (/sɔːs/) – I love tomato sauce with everything!

source – The BBC is a popular news source.

sea (/siː/) – I live by the sea.

see – I can see the sea from my window.

so (/səʊ/) – It’s so hot in here!

sew – I need to sew this button back on my coat.

sow – You can sow cauliflower seeds in autumn and winter.

their (/ðɛː/) – Their car is blue.

there – It’s parked over there.

they’re – They’re going to buy a new car soon.

threw (/θruː/) – She threw the ball for the dog.

through – She threw the ball through the window.

to (/tuː/) – We’re going to the cinema.

too – Do you want to come too?

two – We have two spare tickets.

your (/jɔː, jʊə/) – Your breakfast is ready.

you’re – You’re late for school.

There are many varieties of English, and words may be homophones in one variety of English but not in another.

Examples:

father / farther and for / four are homophones in Received Pronunciation (RP), but not in American English and Scottish English.

whether / weather are homophones in England, but not in Scotland.

Can you suggest some more homophones?